Whether it’s for the lulz (as they say) or for more nefarious reasons, the Ubuntu
forums have been hacked. Canonical
posted the message via a splash page where the forum site is usually located.
“There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums,” reads the page. “The Canonical IS team is working hard as we speak to restore normal operations.” Canonical didn’t mince words about the extent of the damage, either, stating that the hackers
made off with everybody’s username, password, and email address in the database.
This is when using different passwords for all of your many services pays off, because Canonical advises users who have used their same forum password on other sites to change it immediately.
One bit of good news is that Ubuntu One, Launchpad, and “other Ubuntu/Canonical” services were not hacked. Canonical will update the situation as it progresses.